Auctioneers

The auction process is a key part of the secondary art and antiques market.

Firms of auctioneers usually specialise in a number of fields such as jewellery, ceramics, paintings, Asian art or coins but many also hold general sales where the goods available are not defined by a particular genre and are usually lower in value.

Auctioneers often provide other services such as probate and insurance valuations.

Chinese blue and white vase

Chinese vase sells for 3850-times estimate in French sale

05 October 2022

A Chinese blue and white vase with a Qianlong mark shot past its four-figure estimate to sell for €7.7m (£6.2m) in France on October 1 – described as winning the 'EuroMillions' by the auction house.

Brooch

Shipwreck furniture and lock of hair with Horatio Nelson links attract collectors at auction

04 October 2022

A bookcase made from the wreck of Nelson’s former flagship HMS Foudroyant and brooch containing a lock Nelson's hair sold at auction last month.

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Wallpaper well covered by an American auction

03 October 2022

Bonhams conducts a sale in New York on October 6 titled Wonders in Wallpaper.

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Knox clock combines Celtic tradition and Victorian innovation

03 October 2022

Archibald Knox’s work for Liberty & Co often drew on the rich cultural heritage of his native Isle of Man.

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Hans Coper Spade vase unearthed from lord and lady's collection

03 October 2022

The sale at Lawrences of Crewkerne on October 12 includes a collection of studio ceramics formed by Lord and Lady Peyton of Yeovil.

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Peter Collingwood wall hanging consigned to auction by Prue Leith

03 October 2022

This ‘microgauze’ woven linen and steel wall hanging by pioneering British weaver Peter Collingwood (1922- 2008) comes for sale courtesy of Prue Leith.

Bookcase-display cabinet

Pick of the week: Cabinet made of wood from Nelson’s flagship makes 13-times estimate

03 October 2022

HMS Foudroyant, which served as Nelson’s flagship in the Mediterranean Squadron, had been touring English seaside resorts as an attraction when it was wrecked off Blackpool Sands on June 16, 1897.

Meiping

Bidders on red alert for Chinese vase

03 October 2022

Among the highlights of the latest Important Chinese Art sale at Sotheby’s New York was this rare porcelain meiping from the Yongzheng or early Qianlong period.

Teucer

Classic New Sculpture archer hits £20,000 spot

03 October 2022

A cast of Hamo Thornycroft’s Teucer, classic of the New Sculpture movement, sold for £20,000 (plus 21% buyer’s premium) at JS Auctions in Banbury on September 23.

Calotype photograph

Photos reveal a face from 1840s Scotland

03 October 2022

An exceptionally early album of calotype photographs sold for £68,000 (plus 25% buyer’s premium) at Lyon & Turnbull on September 28.

Lay's saleroom

Second saleroom for Lay’s

03 October 2022

Lay’s Auctioneers (previously known as David Lay) has expanded with a second saleroom in its home county of Cornwall.

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Starman soars to an astronomical six figures at auction

03 October 2022

Generating a hammer price of £165,000, the star attraction in Omega’s auction on September 27 was pretty obvious.

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Seventeenth-century Hôtel Lambert furnishes enough lots for a six-sale series

03 October 2022

Sotheby’s Paris is selling the contents from the Hôtel Lambert, a 17th century Parisian Hôtel Particulier on the Ile de La Cité.

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Keith Vaughan from a key period

03 October 2022

A conscientious objector conscripted into the Non-Combatant Corps in 1941, the artist Keith Vaughan (1912-77) was stationed at Ashton Gifford in Wiltshire then Malton in Yorkshire.

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Lowry looks out for a simple seascape

03 October 2022

From the early 1940s, LS Lowry (1887-1976) embarked on a series of large-scale canvases far removed from his familiar bustling industrial streets scenes. They depicted nothing but sea and sky.

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Calcutta seen in colonial days

03 October 2022

Early views of the city now known as Kolkata reveal 19th development under empire

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Bomberg on his travels

03 October 2022

Over a dozen paintings by David Bomberg (1890-1957) are being offered on the market for the first time at Dreweatts.

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Gaudier-Brzeska owned by a Courtauld emerges at Bellmans

03 October 2022

Inspired by his trips to Richmond Park in south-west London, French-born sculptor Henri Gaudier-Brzeska (1891-1915) fashioned a number of deer sculptures.

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‘Anatomical first’ makes appearance

03 October 2022

Boasting what have been described as the first accurate anatomical illustrations of the foetus in utero among its 39 engraved plates, a 1761, second edition of William Smellie’s 'Sett of Anatomical Tables… of the Practice of Midwifery' was one of the highlights of an online-only Forum (25/20/12.5% buyers premium) sale of September 15.

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Puritan work starts to bear fruit in New England

03 October 2022

Very much the star turn in a Philadelphia sale of September 21 was an extremely rare copy of 'New Englands First Fruits…', a small quarto work, running to just 26pp, that was printed and published in London in 1643.

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